Yesterday, my kids reported it was announced on the school PA that all classes were cancelled after their 6th hour and that all teachers were to come to their meeting room to be addressed by the president of the school (one level up from the principal of the location, which provides high school education to aprx 1300 high school students, partly bi-lingual). As you can imagine with kids in this age-group, rumors exploded withing minutes, especially on MSN. Today we received a formal letter from the school. Turns out that there is suspicion that a student was sexually intimidated (you’d probably say harrassed) by one of the teachers. At the first signal, the teacher was suspended and after some internal investigation, the school saw enough grounds to put the matter into the hands of the police.
The name of the teacher, nor of course the student, were reveiled, but I give that less than 24 hours to surface. Again, rumors are already pretty clear on that matter. It appears to me the school did handle this correctly as far as I can seen now. What is told to us indicates it is probably true, but I think we should tell our kids to keep an open mind, in other words, “innocent until proven guilty”. Only after some thinking it occured to me the incident could be entirely true, but it wouldn’t be the first time a teacher is wrongly accused by a student, breaking their carreer.